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LAPD has 'strong leads' in North Hollywood synagogue shooting

Los Angeles Police Department detectives said today they have "strong leads" in the shooting that left two people wounded Thursday morning at a North Hollywood synagogue.

Detective Rich Wheeler says federal authorities are using high-tech equipment to enhance and clarify grainy video footage obtained from the parking garage at the Adat Yeshurun Valley Sephardic Orthodox synagogue where the two men were shot as they arrived for a morning service. The footage shows the gunman, officials said.

After determining that the attack wasn't a hate crime and ruling out terrorism, detectives are now focusing on other motives, Wheeler said.

"We are working on some information but I am not prepared at this stage to share that," he said.

Wheeler said detectives may also reinterview the two men shot during the confrontation Thursday. Maor Ben-Nissan, 38, and Allen Lasry, 38, were shot in the leg as they arrived for a prayer service around 6:20 a.m.

Several law enforcement sources told The Times that investigators were exploring whether the shooting was related to a business or personal dispute. The sources said detectives believe that one of the victims was the target and that the second victim may have been shot because he witnessed the attack.

-- Richard Winton

Photo: Community volunteer Zvika Brenner, center, speaks with an LAPD officer near the scene of the shooting at the Adat Yeshurun Valley Sephardic Orthodox synagogue in North Hollywood on Thursday. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles TImes

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All the coverage yesterday seemed excessive. Would the same have occurred if the shooting had occurred at a Lutheran, Catholic or Episcopal church parking lot?

'All the coverage yesterday seemed excessive."

What else is new...

Jews run the government, with the help of Israel.

To Pete the Fed:

Regarding your question as to whether the shooting would have received so much coverage had it occurred in a church parking lot, perhaps not. But 1) synagogues are a desirable target for international terrorists here and abroad and 2) children were targeted and shot a decade ago at a Jewish Community Center in the Valley and synagogues have recently been firebombed in Sac'to.

Attacks on synagogues can be part of a long, nasty trend which often is a harbinger of bad things to come for the society in general. That's my guess as to why all the attention was given to this story. Sure there are a lot of Jewish readers also who are interested. The same reason why the Times has a lot of stories on Korean, Armenian, Iranian and of course Mexican issues.

No...but the sure didn't stop this rag LA Times from reporting that they had a "BLACK MAN" in custody.

I will be waiting and watching to see how often the race of other shooting suspects are mentioned.

It appears RACE is only important when the TIMES and that person they call a mayor think it's a BLACK Citizen.

Clearly, the Times didn't learn much after the riots.

Any form of violence is tragic. However, what is even more tragic is labeling this act of violence as a hate crime. Those who were eager to brand the shootings as hate motivated should be reprimanded. Even though the media did not have all of the facts on hand, they were compelled to make an irrational judgment, thus misinforming the public.

The police do not even know who committed the act, yet alone arrested him or her. All they have is grainy footage. On what basis do they conclude it is not an act of terrorism or a hate crime? Sounds like they're assuming a lot of things just based on the appearance of the person in the grainy footage. Would the police make the same assumptions if the suspect was not white, or "appeared Muslim"? Sounds like some racial profiling is going on here, to the benefit of the suspect.

preacher, how do you know that jews run the us government? maybe you saw that out 6 million jews in the us, 8 out 12 are in the puppets,i mean obama, cabinet. a large percentage of jews represent? the rest of us in the house and senate. i guess they don't belive in what they preach, diversity. that's the reason that the la times had this story on page one.

You pathetic jew haters have plenty of time to post hate messages on L.A. Times website comments section. It's obvious what your motivation in life is. You must be proud of yourselves.

I know that particular street very well (family lives adjacent) and it is very, very rare that a "black man" walks the streets there, lots of Hispanics, and
Armenians, still some White folk. I felt initially, when I heard this news, that this was a "hit" it was not a "hate crime" as was reported by more than just the Times. The suspects gained entry somehow, the place looks like a prison floating in what used to be a cute little neighborhood. Somebody on the inside knows something....but we'll never know. Now they'll be sporting armed guards no doubt, oh joy.

As a subscriber of L.A. Times I am disgusted by the rest of your comments. I will be making some phone calls over at L.A. Times Mr. Winton. APPROVE THIS MESSAGE.

la times

Did I miss something, were these fatalities are did the suspect just wing them...It sounds like a lot of over reaction...


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